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post #1 of 3 Old 11-14-2014, 04:04 PM Thread Starter
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So how do others do those shaftless crush grind pepper mills? Any tips?

I bought some recently thinking they would be fun, but am scratching my head about how to best use them. Have some half baked ideas, but also some questions.

How does one refill the pepper? Is the top pulled off all the time?

What designs have others done with them?
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Below is a link showing how to build a pepper mill around the shiftless Crush Grind. In order to fill the mill, you have to include a plug in the top. The only design I've seen that really leveraged the shaftless mechanism was a mill that looked like a pear and the stem was removable and that's how it was filled. Other than that, I'm not sure what the shaftless design buys you. Also, with the shaftless mechanism, it looks like you need to be extremely accurate with your dimensions. With the shafted Crush Grind mechanism, you can still make the mill whatever size you want and just cut the shaft to the length you need. I cut them to length and re-taper the end slightly in a pencil sharpener.

I bought a shaftless Crush Grind mechanism with my last order, but I've yet to build anything with it.
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Those are the only ones I use, they are great and will last a few lifetimes.

I build my mills so the ingredients are sealed inside, for a few reasons:

1.) Where you put down a conventional salt or pepper mill, there is always a dusting of salt or pepper left.

2.) Keeps the ingredients fresh, especially if you are grinding herbs, for which these mechanisms are efficient and great.

3.) If your diet is such that you prefer iodized salt with iodine as a nutrient and you do not keep it sealed, it oxidizes and disappears.

Here is a link for two I made:

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